The SS Queensland was an Iron single screw passenger-cargo vessel owned by the Eastern & Australian Mail Steam Company. The ship sank off the coast of Wilson’s Promontory on the 3rd August 1876 after a collision with the SS Barrabool. On the 8th June 2005 Southern Ocean Exploration successfully located, dived and positively identified the wreck at about 35km due east of Wilsons Promontory in about 65m of water. A pre-disturbance survey has been conducted and a full site plan documented.
We have been only able to locate minimal historical information on the Queensland, so any information on its service life, passengers, crew & officers, photo’s, specifications and ships’ drawings would be appreciated.
The Eastern & Australian Mail Steamship Co was created in 1873 and initially operated a seven year contract on behalf of the Queensland Government for four weekly mail and passenger services from Sydney to Brisbane, Batavia, Singapore and Hong Kong.The company later became associated with Australasian United S.N. Co. and in 1919 came under the control of British India S N Co. They in turn became part of the P & O Group.
The Final Voyage